Pretend like you know what I’m talking about

How much is your anonymity worth to you? Because anonymity is a double edged sword, the privacy you cherish is the same privacy that people can hide behind when they take jabs at you. And really, who wants to be sucker-punched by someone they don’t even know? It hurts anyway. Everyone’s life has different facets…

Rubaiyaat xiii-xv

xiii- (Regrets) To think that I have wept for the fourteen hundred yearsThat have passed between the time of the Messenger and IYet spent my night in play while he in longing tearsLord guide me by his piety before I too should die. *** xiv- If ever you should find meIn prayer, in tears, at…

This is one of the more amusing pictures I brought back from the UAE. This dress, it called to me from a boutique window, it beckoned and said, “Take me to your leader!” At which point I stopped in my tracks, shook my head uncertainly and asked the dress to repeat itself. “Excuse me?” I…

Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ileihi Rajioon

What do you say to a friend who has lost someone that they loved, that they really, really loved, in the strongest, most affectionate sense of the word. What if they passed away unexpectedly. What if you called up your friend and could hear the trembling of their voice and their complete inability to stop…

Masha’Allah

I used to wonder about people who were always muttering prayers under their breath, whether they were doing it consciously, whether they were doing it just to show how much Arabic they could memorize. That was back when my understanding of applied religion was much shallower. I can’t say it’s too terribly deep now, but…

On Pain

And a woman spoke, saying, “Tell us of Pain.” And he said: Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain. And could you keep your heart in wonder at…